One of the many things that my wife and I value in Longmeadow is the relative tranquity of its neighborhoods and the lack of serious crime that plagues larger cities like Holyoke and Springfield.
After reading the Police Log which is published in the Longmeadow News each week, I had to chuckle at some of the items that appeared during the past three weeks. According to the Longmeadow News there were a total of 600 calls for service and here are some of the highlights...
Monday, June 1- 12 pm, A dead turtle was reported on Longmeadow St
Tuesday, June 2
1:07 am, A minivan with males looking through the trash was investigated on Plesantview Ave and Longmeadow St
9:43 pm, A dead possum was reported on Frank Smith Rd
Wednesday, June 3-
6:34 am, A Lawnwood resident reported rabbits running loose in the neighborhood.
Thursday, June 4- 10:54 am, Campaign signs reported on public property on Williams St and Dwight Rd
Saturday, June 6
9:35 pm, A Wildwood Glen caller reports males in the bushes. An officer reports a man in the yard with his dog.
10:24 pm, An officer investigating suspicious persons in the meadows found a couple fishing.
Sunday, June 7
1:02 pm, A Kenmore Drive resident reports a neighbor walking around in the nude in the backyard.
8:07 pm, A suspicious man was reported on Longmeadow St. The man was riding his bike home.
Tuesday, June 9- 6:20 am, A deer was struck by a vehicle on Converse St but was gone on police arrival.
Thursday, June 11- 4:35 pm, A caller reports and out of control 12 year old son on Field Road.
Friday, June 12
12:26 pm, A Mayfair Drive resident reports receiving a fake check in the mail.
11:50 pm, A Williams Street caller reports a daughter not home or answering her cell phone. She left her boy friend's house and was found on Crestview.
Satuday, June 13- 9:26 am, A Meadow Road caller reports a German shepherd in the garage,
Sunday, June 14- 11:42 am, A coyote was reported on Tabor Crossing
Wednesday, June 17- 6:43 pm, A dead rodent was reported on Frank Smith Road
Sunday, June 21- 6:10 pm, Police reported to call about a hawk on Laurel Street that was possibly shot. The hawk was not shot and does not have a band.
From the details of some of these calls it would appear that we need to hire a Wildlife Officer and let our Police Department concentrate on more serious matters. :-)